Ecofeminist theology : feminism, ecology, and the divine as female

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  • This paper explores the use of images of the divine as female by ecofeminist thealogians to imply an understanding of reality which unites spirituality with physicality and positively values both women and nature. The use of these images is intended to challenge the patriarchal inferiorization and exploitation of women and nature. It is used to suggest a non-patriarchal reconceptualization of the female self and to connect human being with physical processes of nature. The image of the divine as female, then, is used to suggest a fundamental inclusion of women and nature into our understanding of reality. More particularly, it is used to suggest that the interests and integrity of both women and nature must be included in our reconstruction of ethical guidelines. Ecofeminist thealogy, thus, sees the exploration and use of these images as a means of politically challenging the exploitation of women and nature.

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  • Copyright ¬© 1993 the author(s). Theses may be used for non-commercial research, educational, or related academic purposes only. Such uses include personal study, research, scholarship, and teaching. Theses may only be shared by linking to Carleton University Institutional Repository and no part may be used without proper attribution to the author. No part may be used for commercial purposes directly or indirectly via a for-profit platform; no adaptation or derivative works are permitted without consent from the copyright owner.
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  • 1993

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